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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Director: Frank Capra
Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra.

Release Date: 1946-12-20
Status: Released
Run time: 130 min / 2:10
Budget: $3,180,000
Revenue: $9,644,124
Production Companies : RKO Radio Pictures, Liberty Films (II)
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1946-12-20
Status: Released
Run time: 130 min / 2:10
Budget: $3,180,000
Revenue: $9,644,124

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James Stewart
as George Bailey
Donna Reed
as Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore
as Henry F. Potter
Henry Travers
as Clarence
Thomas Mitchell
as Uncle Billy Bailey
Ward Bond
as Bert
Frank Faylen
as Ernie Bishop
Beulah Bondi
as Ma Bailey
Todd Karns
as Harry Bailey
Mary Treen
as Cousin Tilly
Charles Williams
as Cousin Eustace
Gloria Grahame
as Violet Bick
Frank Albertson
as Sam Wainwright
H.B. Warner
as Mr. Gower
Virginia Patton
as Ruth Dakin Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds
as Peter Bailey
Lillian Randolph
as Annie
Sheldon Leonard
as Nick
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Hatch
Charles Halton
as Carter (uncredited)
William Edmunds
as Giuseppe Martini
Argentina Brunetti
as Mrs. Martini
Carol Coombs
as Janie Bailey
Karolyn Grimes
as Zuzu Bailey
Larry Simms
as Pete Bailey
Jimmy Hawkins
as Tommy Bailey
Robert J. Anderson
as Little George
Jean Gale
as Little Mary
Jeanine Ann Roose
as Little Violet
Ronnie Ralph
as Little Sam
Georgie Nokes
as Little Harry Bailey
Danny Mummert
as Little Marty Hatch
Frank Hagney
as Potter's Bodyguard
Ray Walker
as Joe at Luggage Shop
Charles Lane
as Real Estate Salesman
Jean Acker
as Townswoman (uncredited)
Sam Ash
as Nervous Banker (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict
as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard
as Townsman (uncredited)
Ernie Adams
as Ed (uncredited)
Edward Keane
as Tom at Building & Loan
Stanley Andrews
as Mr. Welch (uncredited)
Al Bridge
as Sheriff (uncredited)
Marian Carr
as Jane Wainwright (uncredited)
Adriana Caselotti
as Singer at Martini's (uncredited)
Michael Chapin
as Young George's Friend (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton
as Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham
as Cop Arresting Violet (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire
as Dr. Campbell (uncredited)
Edward Clark
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Tom Coleman
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Ellen Corby
as Ms. Davis (uncredited)
Lew Davis
as High School Teacher at Poolside (uncredited)
Helen Dickson
as Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited)
Dick Elliott
as Man on Porch (uncredited)
Tom Fadden
as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
Jack Bailey
as One of Vi's Suitors (uncredited)
Frank Fenton
as Violet's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston
as Horace (uncredited)
Sam Flint
as Relieved Banker in Potter's Office (uncredited)
Dick Gordon
as Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited)
Harry Holman
as Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
Carl Switzer
as Freddie Othello (uncredited)
Garry Owen
as Bill-Poster (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen
as Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow
as Uncle Billy's Pet Crow
Harold Landon
as Marty Hatch (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull
as Mr. Randall (uncredited)
Mark Roberts
as Mickey (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson
as Charlie (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Art Howard
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Bert Howard
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood
as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Eddie Kane
as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Mike Lally
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Philip Morris
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Meade 'Lux' Lewis
as Pianist in Nick's Place (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway
as Nick's Waitress (uncredited)
Cy Schindell
as Nick's Bouncer (uncredited)
Jack Gordon
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jack Lomas
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Indrisano
as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Effie Laird
as Townswoman (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
as Man with Sheriff (uncredited)
Larry Wheat
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
George Noisom
as School Dancer (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor
as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Franklin Parker
as Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan
as Nick's Bartender (uncredited)
Almira Sessions
as Potter's Secretary (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan
as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Max Wagner
as Cashier / Nick's Assistant Bouncer (uncredited)
Lane Chandler
as (uncredited)
Monya Andre
as (uncredited)
Buz Buckley
as (uncredited)
Lee Frederick
as (uncredited)
Harry Denny
as (uncredited)
Herschel Graham
as (uncredited)
Carl Kent
as (uncredited)
Charles Meakin
as (uncredited)
Netta Packer
as (uncredited)
Cedric Stevens
as (uncredited)
Joseph Granby
as (voice) (uncredited)


Directing Frank Capra Director
Writing Philip Van Doren Stern Original Story
Production Frank Capra Producer
Camera Joseph F. Biroc Director of Photography
Camera Joseph Walker Director of Photography
Editing William Hornbeck Editor
Art Jack Okey Art Direction
Writing Frances Goodrich Screenplay
Writing Albert Hackett Screenplay
Writing Frank Capra Screenplay
Crew Jo Swerling Additional Writing
Crew Michael Wilson Additional Writing
Sound Dimitri Tiomkin Original Music Composer
Crew Daniel Hays Special Effects
Camera Phil Stern Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Gordon Bau Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Eugene Joseff Costume Design
Sound Clem Portman Sound
Art Emile Kuri Set Decoration
Art William Cameron Menzies Art Direction
Directing Arthur S. Black Jr. Assistant Director
Sound Richard Van Hessen Sound
Sound John Aalberg Sound
Crew Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Visual Effects Russell Shearman Special Effects Supervisor
Crew Lila Finn Stunts
Lighting Homer Plannette Gaffer
Sound Paul Marquardt Orchestrator

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  • It's a Wonderful Life Critics Consensus. The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It's a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.

  • It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943. The film is one of the most beloved in American cinema, and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.

  • Share this Rating. Title: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 8.6 /10. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

  • It's A Wonderful Life (1946), originally made for Liberty Films, is one of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made by director Frank Capra. Frank Capra regarded this film as his own personal favorite - it was also James Stewart's favorite of all his feature films.

  • Monday - Saturday @ 12PM Thursday - Friday @ 6PM. Back by popular demand! It’s Christmas Eve and the unimaginable has happened. George Bailey is on the edge of ruin; thousands of dollars are lost and with seemingly no way to save the old Bailey Savings & Loan, George wonders if the world would be better off had he never lived?

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